Grab your popcorn, eBay sellers! Netflix is showing the world what it's like to sell online in a new series called Girl Boss based on the memoir of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal.
Will the show get it right about the joys and pitfalls of online selling? Perusing the episode summaries shows it does tackle some real-life issues:
"When an angry bride-to-be sends back a "discolored" dress, Sophia scrambles to fix it in time for the wedding so her rating won't get ruined," is the description of episode four.
In episode seven, an online rival shows up unannounced at her apartment, and in episode ten, "members of the vintage fashion forum lash out at Sophia."
And what will happen in episode 12 when Sophia hires an Ivy League grad to build a new Nasty Gal website?
But this is fiction, not a documentary - in fact, it's only loosely based on the story of Amoruso. Mixed in with the story of starting and running an ecommerce business is the drama one might expect from TV (from a "mysterious bikini-area injury" to dating, drugs, and betrayal).
Back to real life - while Amoruso got her start on eBay, it wasn't a happy parting of the ways a few years later, and last year, following tremendous success, Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy. It's hard to imagine the show will chronicle the later years, but it will be interesting to watch how the show portrays not only Nasty Gal's founder, but other sellers and eBay as well.